"If it ain't my time to shine, you're watching the wrong clock" proclaims Knobody halfway through his second record. He could be on to something; for years hip-hop has been polarized, split between brainy backpackers and crass commercial rappers. Lately, that line has diminished: the success of Kanye West and Common suggest that it might be possible for both worlds to exist in one marketplace — heck, even in one person. The Oakland rapper Knobody falls into that same category. He has West's easy-going flow and good-humor, but tracks like "Champion" and "What U Think" have a kind of DJ Toomp darkness that loans the record necessary menace. As a part of the Hieroglyphics crew — the collective founded by Del the Funkee Homosapien — he's surrounded by other artists with a similar aesthetic and drive. Together, they're the new face of hip-hop: focused and determined, all eyes on the right clock.
By Hua Hsu on 05.22.11 in Reviews
Getting dropped from a major label has today become a badge of pride, but this wasn't the case when East Bay rappers Del tha Funkee Homosapien (Elektra), Souls of Mischief (Jive) and Casual (Jive) went from "next level"...
By Tolu Onafowokan on 07.15.08 in Reviews
"Guilty as Charged," a one-minute twenty-second freestyle, opens Vulture's Wisdom: Volume One with both gunshots and force. The brisk introduction is characteristic of the whole album's laid back vibe of soulful...
By Keith Harris on 03.29.02 in Reviews
If you only know Ice Cube's little cousin from his glorious fluke "Mistadobalina" or his Gorillaz guest toon-in', you've never quite heard Del in his element: floating casual, polysyllabic ridicule...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.